Amherst, OH
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Amherst is a somewhat small city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 12,135 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Amherst is the 151st largest community in Ohio.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Amherst is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Amherst is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Amherst who work in office and administrative support (15.83%), sales jobs (10.76%), and management occupations (9.07%).

Also of interest is that Amherst has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because of many things, Amherst is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Amherst really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Amherst perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

The overall education level of Amherst is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.86% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Amherst in 2010 was $29,296, which is wealthy relative to Ohio, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $117,184 for a family of four. However, Amherst contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Amherst home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Amherst residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Amherst include Irish, Polish, English, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Amherst is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.